Kids await cotton candy at last year’s Awaken Nakusp event.

Kids await cotton candy at last year’s Awaken Nakusp event.

A weekend of events with Awaken Nakusp

A youth group from Kelowna is returning for the fourth straight year for a free weekend of fun, games, and music for the families of Nakusp.

A youth group from Kelowna is returning for the fourth straight year for a free weekend of fun, games, and music for the families of Nakusp. This year’s event is billed as Awaken Nakusp, and all activities will take place April 4–6 in the arena auditorium.

The weekend kicks off with a game show night on Friday featuring favorites past and present such as Deal or No Deal and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

It continues on Saturday with a family festival, including inflatables and a free barbecue. There will also be a skateboarding event at the skate park that afternoon. In addition, Michael Garvey and PK Nakusp will be giving a parkour demonstration and also giving an opportunity for people to try it themselves. Saturday evening is geared toward teens and will include live music.

The youth group comes from Evangel Church in Kelowna, which belongs to the same parent organization as the local Saddleback Community Church. Saddleback is co-sponsoring the event, with some support also from Arrow Lakes Alliance Church.

Past events have been held at the movie theatre, Bonnington Theatre, and at Saddleback. However, some venues were too small, and often sound equipment had to be moved multiple times during the weekend, therefore, the event has been moved entirely to the arena this year.

The youth group leader, Matt Jaggers, has a connection to this area. When he worked with teens in Grand Forks, he brought his youth group from there to Nakusp. When he transitioned to a new job, Matt still had a heart for helping out this region.

While there is a spiritual component to the weekend, all activities are open to those of all beliefs. The majority of the activities are just for fun, although those who are interested are invited to a special community church service at the arena Sunday at 10:30 AM.